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Learning Relative Pitch and Intervals

This chapter describes the ways in which Virtualoso Guitar teaches and tests you on relative pitch and intervals. For Relative Pitch, you are given a notation note, fret, and a sound, you are then given the sound of a second note and you must then enter the fret associated with this sound. In Relative Pitch mode, you are really learning intervals in terms of the fret jumps required to create them. For Interval testing, you are given one of the following pairs: names, notation notes, frets or sounds and must then determine the associated interval name. Both of these modes of operation drill you thoroughly on different aspects of intervals.

Relative pitch is the ability to perceive a note based on a reference note. Relative pitch is something that we believe all people can develop with training. Like learning perfect pitch, it can be intimidating at first. If you keep working on it, you will eventually be able to guess where a second note lies on the guitar based on some other note. Melodies can be played on the guitar by understanding the fret jumps needed to create the required intervals. You will also be able to name the intervals, and if you so desire, transpose the melody to a different key on demand, by thinking in terms of the intervals that the melody contains. See the last chapter for more information on how perfect pitch and relative pitch relate.

Learning relative pitch is accomplished via the "Relative Pitch" mode, under the "Mode" menu item. As described in the previous chapter we believe that relative pitch is extremely important to develop. In this mode, you select the position that you want to work on, the string combinations over which to test and the accidentals that you will be tested on. You enter your answers into the Virtualoso Guitar fretboard window.

Learning intervals is accomplished via the "Interval Names", "Interval Notation", "Interval Frets" and "Interval Ear Training" modes. You will be entering your answers using the "Specific Name" and "General Name" buttons on the right side of the mode window. You will click on the "Next" button in order to initiate the next query.

Getting Started

Use the Mode Menu and select the Relative Pitch, Interval Names, Interval Notation, Interval Frets or Interval Ear Training mode.

Select the "Replay" button to hear the sounds associated with the interval. This works ever for modes that do not originally sound the notes when you are queried. Select the "Progress Report..." menu item under the "File" menu to review your progress.


This menu determines the group of frets that you are allowed to enter your responses into via the mouse. By selecting a different area, you eventually cover the entire fretboard.
This menu determines the range of strings that you will be tested on. (Relative Pitch only).
This menu determines the type of accidentals that you will be tested on. (Relative Pitch only).
This menu determines the type of interval that you will be tested on. (Interval tests only).
Key Signature
This menu allows you to change the key signature that is associated with this test. By changing the key signature, and testing over the same position on the guitar, you exercise a different group of notes. Your "Progress Report" keeps track of the key signatures that you work with for all QUIZ types.


More or Less Info
This button shows or hides the graphical text in the mode window.
This button plays the last note that you were queried on.


Name Field
After you enter your answer, this field shows the name of the correct note for Relative Pitch, and shows the Interval Name for interval testing modes.
Done Bar
This bar fills to the right. When the bar is completely filled you are "Done" with this test.

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